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  • E. M. Laird - From Wichita, Laird was co-founder of the Wichita aircraft industry.

  • Alfred M. Landon (1887-1987) - From Independence and Topeka, Landon was Kansas Governor and 1936 Republican presidential candidate.

  • James Henry Lane, aka: "The Grim Chieftain," Bloody Jim (1814-1866) - Principal leader of anti-slavery forces in Kansas during the Kansas-Missouri Border War and the Civil War.

  • Samuel Lappin (1831?-1892) - Prominent in Kansas political affairs, Lappin was tried for forgery, counterfeiting and embezzlement.

  • Amos Adams LawrenceAmos Adams Lawrence (1814-1886) - A Free-State advocate, the city of Lawrence, Kansas was named for him.

  • Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton (1909-1993) - From Wellsville, Layton became a renowned artist

  • Oscar E. Learnard (1832-1911) - Free-State advocate, lawyer, journalist and soldier.

  • Mary Elizabeth. Lease (1853 - 1933) - Attorney, lecturer, writer and supporter of Populism from Wichita.

  • Samuel D. Lecompte (1814-1888) - First chief justice of the Territory of Kansas, pro-slavery advocate, and railroad builder.

  • John W. Leedy (1849-1935) - The 14th governor of the State of Kansas

  • Lorenzo D. Lewelling (1846-1900) - The 12th governor of the State of Kansas

  • Delano Lewis (1938-present) - From Topeka and Arkansas City, Lewis was a U.S. Department of Justice attorney, Director of the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda, and first African American president of National Public Radio.

  • William Henry Lewis (1829-1878) - Army officer who participated in both the Civil War and the Indian Wars. He was killed in the Battle of Punished Woman Fork, the last Indian battle in Kansas.

  • Albin K. Longren (1882-1950) From Topeka and Leonardville, Longren was an aviator and engineer.

  • Nat Love, aka: Deadwood Dick (1854-1921) - An early cowboy in Dodge City, Nat Love, who was also known as "Deadwood" Dick was said to have been the greatest black cowboy in all of the Old West.

  • Julia Louisa Lovejoy (1812-1882) - Ardent abolitionist who lived in Manhattan and Lawrence.

  • David Lykins (1820?-1861) - Pro-slavery advocate and member of the Bogus Legislature.

  • Lutie Lytle (1875-??) - From Topeka, Lytle was one of the first African American women to be admitted to the practice of law in the United States.


  • Edward P. McCabe (1850-1923) - Nicodemus colonizer and the first African-American to serve as state auditor in Kansas.

  • Margaret Hill McCarter (1860-1938) - Teacher, editor, and novelist.

  • Kathyrn O'Loughlin McCarthy (1894-1952) - Hays lawyer and first Kansas woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.

  • Isaac McCoy (1784-1846) - An Indian missionary who worked with several tribes in Kansas and established the Delaware Baptist Mission in Wyandotte County.

  • Joseph G. McCoy (1837-1915) - Founder of the cattle trade in Kansas, originator of the Abilene Trail, and cattle baron.

  • Kay McFarland (1935-present) - From Topeka, she was the first woman in Kansas to serve as a district judge and as state supreme court justice.



  • Peter McVicar (1829-1903) - Clergyman, soldier and educator

  • Rex Maneval (1890-1974) - From Frankfort, Maneval was an inventor and helicopter manufacturer.

  • John Alexander MartinJohn Alexander Martin (1839-1889) - The 10th governor of the State of Kansas from 1885 to 1889.

  • Walt Mason (1862-1939) - A poet and humorist.

  • Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950) - From Garnett, Masters was a poet and biographer.

  • William "Bat" Masterson (1853-1921) - Ford County sheriff, gunfighter and friend to Wyatt Earp.

  • Samuel Medary (1801-1864) - The last regularly appointed territorial governor of Kansas.

  • Jotham Meeker (1804-1855)  - A missionary at the Ottawa Mission.

  • Karl Menninger (1893-1990) - From Topeka, Menniger was a psychiatrist and co-founder of the Menninger Clinic and Foundation.

  • Josiah Miller (1828-1870) - A Free-State advocate who started one of the first Kansas newspapers.

  • William Mervin "Billy" Mills ( 1938-present) - From Lawrence, born at Pine Ridge, South Dakota and a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux), attended Haskell Institute and the University of Kansas, in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympics he became the only American to win the 10,000 meter run.

  • Robert B. Mitchell (1823-1882) - Soldier, Free-State advocate, and member of the first Kansas Territorial Legislature.

  • James Montgomery (1814-1871) - One of Kansas' most infamous "Jayhawkers."

  • H. Miles Moore (1826-1909) - An early Kansas settler, Free-State lawyer and politician in Leavenworth.

  • Horace L. Moore (1837-1914) - From Lawrence, he was a banker, soldier and member of Congress.

  • Edmund Needham Morrill (1834-1909) - The thirteenth governor of the State of Kansas.

  • Victor Murdock (1871-1945) - Journalist and member of Congress.


  • James Naismith (1861-1939) - From Lawrence, inventor of the game of basketball and a coach at the University of Kansas.

  • Carrie NationCarry A. Nation (1846 - 1911) - From Medicine Lodge, Nation was a well-known and radical temperance advocate.

  • Clarina I. H. Nichols (1810-1885) - Women's rights supporter, educator, and newspaper journalist.


  • Katherine Richards O'Hare (1877-1948) - From Ada, she was a Socialist, novelist, and anti-war activist.

  • Old Crow - A Crow Indian, who was allegedly one of the members of the Dull Knife band of Cheyenne, which left the reservation in Indian Territory and made the memorable raid across Kansas in September and October, 1878, killing 32 citizens

  • Thomas A. Osborn (1836-1898) - The sixth governor of Kansas from 1873 to 1877.

  • John Grant Otis (1838-1916) - Lawyer and member of Congress.


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